It’s a bit of a mouthful, but we’re pretty proud about the certification so we thought we’d take a minute to explain what it actually means.
Climate Active provides a carbon neutral standard for businesses and other organisations that are voluntarily seeking to be carbon neutral. The standard sets out what is required for calculating, auditing and offsetting the carbon account of an organisation, product or service to achieve carbon neutrality. It also provides guidance on what is a genuine offset unit.
Meridian Energy Australia (our parent company), Powershop (us), and all our operations are certified carbon neutral under the Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard. But importantly for our customers, the carbon neutral certification applies to our product as well. So if you’re a Powershop customer all your energy usage is certified carbon neutral – at no extra cost to you!
Some of our customers may know that we’ve actually been carbon neutral since September 2014. The Climate Active Carbon Neutral certification means our carbon neutrality has been officially recognised by the Australian Government – the first time an energy company has been accredited under this program.
“Meridian is the first energy company to be accredited under this program. As the majority of city emissions come from electricity, the fact businesses and consumers now have greater choices for purchasing carbon neutral electricity or renewable energy is a significant step towards the goal of carbon neutral cities.” (Government media release, 22 Dec 2015).
Read the full media release here. Check out the complete list of current certified carbon neutral businesses on the Government website.